Cassville FBLA encourages entrepreneurship

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Jared Chase, Adlee Hendricks, Austyn Meltabarger, Bodee Rose, and Johnathan Wood with table leaders Keaton Shellenberger and Macie Walker, were the poster winners of this year’s Entrepreneurship Day event at the Cassville school district. Contributed photo

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Whether it be sports, band or clubs, the extra and co-curricular activities offered in high school can make a huge difference in a student’s life.

Melanie Grossman, Cassville FBLA advisor, said the high school FBLA has been hosting the entire eighth grade for Entrepreneurship Day for over 20 years.

Table 6 at the Cassville school Entrepreneurship Day event, came up with an idea, slogan, and commercial to pitch to the rest of the eighth-grade class and high school FBLA club members. Jordan Troutman/

“I have been the lead chapter advisor since 2015 after coming here from East Newton, where I taught business and was FBLA advisor for 18 years,” she said. “I am a former Cassville graduate, and I have always been a Wildcat at heart.”

Grossman said FBLA is an active club at Cassville, and one of the state events is American Enterprise Day.

“We use our Entrepreneurship Day to write a report for that event,” she said. “It is a great opportunity to share what free enterprise is with the eighth-grade students.”

At the Cassville Entrepreneurship Day event, eighth-grade students with a high school FBLA table leader came up with an idea for a product to pitch to the rest of the attendees of the event. Jordan Troutman/

Cassville does have a middle school FBLA chapter and it is advised by a new teacher, Courtney Hammen.

“The middle level FBLA is open to students in sixth through eighth grades,” she said. “Once in high school, we encourage kids to join many of our co-curricular clubs, including FFA, FCCLA, TSA, and FBLA along with many others.

“I am a true believer in students getting involved while in our schools, whether it be band, sports, or clubs.”

For the recent Entrepreneurship Day, the eighth-grade students spent the day discussing slogans, famous entrepreneurs and playing games related to Entrepreneurship.

“In a normal non-COVID year, we would have a guest speaker who is a former Cassville graduate come in and speak of their own entrepreneurial ideas,” Grossman said. “Last year, Wade Hermansen from Dry Gulch LLC came, and the year before, it was Abby Carr Lohman from Farmer’s Daughter. 

“Each speaker inspires our youth to realize that it doesn’t matter if you are from a small town, or a rural school, you can make your dreams come true with a lot of hard work and determination.”

Then, for the remainder of the day, each table is instructed to come up with an item, a slogan, a poster, and then a commercial to pitch it. 

“It’s kind of like Shark Tank,” she said. “We get so many fun and creative ideas that it amazes me year-in and year-out how much they enjoy it.

“This year we had several great posters and ideas from ‘Rent a Pet’ to ‘Boomer be Gone.’ At the end of the day, we let each group present and give prizes to the winners of the poster and commercials.”

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